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Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Crime of Aggression Special Working Group

Adam Price: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what policy priorities are being pursued by the Government's representative on the Special Working Group on the Crime of Aggression of the International Criminal Court. [168367]

Dr. Howells [holding answer 26 November 2007]: The UK participates actively in the Special Working Group on the Crime of Aggression. The Government expect discussions to continue ahead of a Review Conference in 2010, where any proposal to amend the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court would be discussed.

The Government’s view is that any proposal must command the widest possible acceptance and must reflect the primary responsibility of the UN Security Council for the maintenance of international peace and security as enshrined in the UN charter.

Departmental Secondment

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many secondments of staff were made (a) to and (b) from his Department in each year since 1997; which organisations staff were seconded (i) to and (ii) from; how many staff were seconded in each year; for how long each secondment lasted; and what the cost was of each secondment in each year. [167241]

Meg Munn: 63 Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) staff are currently on outward loan to other Government Departments and 69 FCO staff are seconded to other organisations or the private sector. 238 staff are on inward loan from other Government Departments and three staff are on secondment from other organisations.

The average length of each interchange loan or secondment is two to three years. The cost of each interchange loan is borne by each staff member’s parent Department. Outward loans to other Government Departments incur negligible additional costs as staff transfer on level salary terms. The FCO normally pays up to 20 per cent. additional salary costs for staff on outward secondment.

Complete figures on the numbers of interchanges and secondments from 1997 to 2006 were not collated and cannot be obtained without incurring disproportionate cost.

Immigrants: Criminal Records

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what criminal records checks are made on non-UK citizens seeking to enter the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement. [168809]

Dr. Howells: All persons applying for visas and those arriving into the UK are checked against a database. Further checks may also be carried out in accordance with selective criteria both overseas (where the person has applied for a visa) and at the point of entry into the UK.

Pakistan: Politics and Government

Stephen Hesford: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of recent events in Pakistan; and what steps are being considered by his Department to encourage the release of political prisoners. [166367]

Dr. Howells: I refer my hon. Friend to the reply my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Barnsley, Central (Mr. Illsley) on 20 November, Official Report, column 1092.

Through our high commission in Islamabad we are continuing urgently to seek access to political activists and members of civil society who have been detained, and to press for their release. We welcome the release of many of those who have been held under the state of emergency: this is a step in the right direction, but we continue to urge the Government of Pakistan to release all political prisoners as soon as possible.

Leader of the House

Departmental Data Protection

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Leader of the House (1) if she will undertake a review of her Office’s compliance with data protection laws; and if she will place in the Library a copy of the last such review; [168234]

(2) how many employees of each grade in her Office (a) have access to confidential or sensitive data and (b) are authorised to download such data to disc; how many of her Office’s employees have undergone data protection training in the last 12 months; what the average length of time is that each employee of her Office has spent on data protection training; how many investigations of employees of her Office for improperly accessing confidential information have taken place in the last 12 months; how many such investigations resulted in cases of disciplinary action; and what the circumstances of each of those cases was; [168280]

(3) how many occasions in her Office confidential data have been downloaded onto compact discs (a) without and (b) with encryption in the last 12 month period for which figures are available; how many of those discs have been posted without using recorded or registered delivery; what procedures are in place for the (i) transport, (ii) exchange and (iii) delivery of
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confidential or sensitive data; what records are held by her Office of information being sent outside the Office; on how many occasions her Office’s procedures and rules on data protection have been breached in the last five years; what those breaches were; and what procedures her Office has in place on downloading confidential data onto computer disks before transfer. [168331]

Helen Goodman: I will write to the hon. Member with the information requested.

Departmental Foreign Workers

David Simpson: To ask the Leader of the House how many (a) EU foreign nationals and (b) non-EU foreign nationals are employed by her Department. [168102]

Helen Goodman: All staff in the Leader’s Office are British passport holders.

Innovation, Universities and Skills

Apprentices: Bexley

Mr. Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many apprenticeships were created in the London borough of Bexley in each of the last three years. [168648]


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Mr. Lammy: Figures for those participating in apprenticeships can be derived from the Learning and Skills Council's (LSC) individualised learner record (ILR). The following table shows the number of apprenticeship starts from August to July in each year in East London local LSC area. (These figures are not readily available at local authority level.)

Thousands
Advanced Apprenticeships Apprenticeships

2004/05

0.7

2.2

2005/06

0.6

1.9

2006/07

0.5

1.6


Apprentices: Greater London

Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many apprenticeships were created in each London borough in each of the last three years. [169370]

Mr. Lammy: Figures for those participating in apprenticeships can be derived from the Learning and Skills Council's (LSC) Individualised Learner Record (ILR). The following table shows the number of apprenticeship starts from August to July in each year in local LSC areas. (These figures are not readily available at local authority level.)


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Thousands
LSC local area 2004/05 Advanced Apprenticeship Apprenticeship 2005/06 Advanced Apprenticeship Apprenticeship

Derbyshire

0.9

2.6

0.8

2.2

Leicestershire

0.6

1.9

0.6

1.7

Lincolnshire and Rutland

0.5

1.6

0.6

1.3

Northamptonshire

0.5

1.8

0.6

1.7

Nottinghamshire

1.1

3.2

1.2

3.1

Bedfordshire and Luton

0.2

0.9

0.2

0.8

Cambridgeshire

0.7

1.6

0.5

1.3

Essex

0.7

3.1

0.7

2.9

Hertfordshire

0.5

1.6

0.7

1.5

Norfolk

0.4

1.9

0.4

1.4

Suffolk

0.5

1.7

0.6

1.7

London Central

0.6

2.1

0.5

1.9

London East

0.7

2.2

0.6

1.9

London North

0.4

0.7

0.7

0.4

London South

0.7

1.6

0.8

1.5

London West

0.3

1.0

0.3

0.9

County Durham

0.4

1.6

0.5

1.5

Northumberland

0.2

0.9

0.2

0.8

Tees Valley

0.8

2.6

0.8

2.1

Tyne and Wear

1.3

3.4

1.6

3.6

Cheshire and Warrington

1.1

2.7

1.1

2.1

Cumbria

0.5

1.6

0.5

1.1

Greater Manchester

2.4

7.6

2.5

7.4

Greater Merseyside

1.9

6.0

1.8

4.7

Lancashire

1.6

4.1

1.4

3.2

Berkshire

0.9

1.7

1.2

2.2

Hampshire and Isle of Wight

1.1

3.4

1.6

3.2

Kent and Medway

0.8

2.7

0.7

2.3

Milton Keynes, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire

1.1

2.6

1.1

2.2

Surrey

0.4

1.1

0.4

1.2

Sussex

0.9

2.5

0.9

2.3

Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole

0.5

1.6

0.5

2.0

Devon and Cornwall

1.5

4.6

1.5

4.0

Gloucestershire

0.4

0.9

0.3

0.9

Somerset

0.5

1.1

0.4

1.0

West of England

0.9

1.5

0.9

1.5

Wiltshire and Swindon

0.3

1.4

0.3

1.3

Birmingham and Solihull

0.9

2.8

0.8

2.2

Black Country

1.0

3.6

1.0

3.4

Coventry and Warwickshire

0.8

2.0

0.9

1.9

Hereford and Worcestershire

0.7

1.6

0.7

1.5

Shropshire

0.4

1.1

0.3

10

Staffordshire

1.0

3.2

1.1

2.7

Humberside

0.8

2.3

0.8

2.3

North Yorkshire

0.6

2.0

0.6

1.7

South Yorkshire

0.8

3.8

1.1

3.9

West Yorkshire

1.8

5.0

1.8

4.2


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